Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin’s multidisciplinary work results from research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from literary scholars to material scientists to activate the intersections of art and scholarship, text and textiles, science, technology, and craft in works that range from poems written nanoscale to large-scale museum installations.
Bervin’s solo and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally—it has been the subject of solo exhibitions at University Museum and Art Gallery at Hong Kong University, Des Moines Art Center, BRIC Arts in Brooklyn, and Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University; and has been included in group exhibitions at Artisterium, Tbilisi; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; MASS MoCA; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Tufts University Art Galleries, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; and MOMENTA, Biennale de l’Image, Montreal.
Jen Bervin: Shift Rotate Reflect, Selected Works (1997–2020), her first survey exhibition, curated by Kendra Paitz at University Galleries of Illinois State University, spans the 7,500 sq ft gallery. The four-month exhibition, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, will be followed by a publication. The show premieres Su Hui's Picture of the Turning Sphere, a five-channel video installation in collaboration with her wife, the filmmaker Charlotte Lagarde.
Bervin is the author of eleven books, including six artist book editions with Granary Books, and Silk Poems—a long-form poem presented both as a biosensor made from liquefied silk developed in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab and as a book—a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and a New Museum Book of the Year. Her publication, Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, with Marta Werner and Susan Howe, was a New Yorker Book of the Year.
She is an Artist in Residence with SETI Institute, and has earned numerous awards, fellowships and grants including the Banff Centre Fleck Fellowship (2020), Foundation for Contemporary Art (2017), The Rauschenberg Residency (2016), Asian Cultural Council (2016), Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artist Program (2016), Bogliasco Foundation (2014), Creative Capital (2013), The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (2012), New York Foundation for the Arts (2007), Camargo Foundation (2006), and MacDowell Colony (2006).
Her work has been covered in media outlets such as Artforum, Huffington Post, NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Frieze, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and can be found in more than thirty international collections, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Yale University; Brooklyn Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.